Hairspray: An Absolute Joy

Monday 16th July 2018 at the Grand Opera House, York. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I left the theatre after Hairspray wanting to turn around and go straight back in again. With book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan and a lucrative history of successes, Hairspray remains a giant in the musical theatre world. It’s a truly special piece... Continue Reading →

Much Ado About Nothing: A Charming Outdoor Production

Friday 13th July 2018 in Roundhay Park, Leeds. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Heartbreak Productions frame their take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing as a local village production raising funds for the British Red Cross in 1919. The eager locals bustle and bicker as they prepare for the performance to start, chatting to audience members and playing old... Continue Reading →

Oddsocks Productions’ The Tempest: Madcap as Ever

Tuesday 10th July 2018 at Harlow Carr Gardens, Harrogate. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Oddsocks Productions’ latest offering is a whacky Sci-Fi take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest and it’s another hit for a company approaching its triumphant 30th year in the business. Set on the ‘uninhabited fictitious planet Babel’, this production sees Will’s sprites and spirits as aliens, Caliban... Continue Reading →

Double Bill: It’s a Miracle & The Colin Atkins Story

Wednesday 4th July 2018 at Leeds Carriageworks Theatre (Studio). Leeds Arts centre’s latest offering is this ‘comedy double bill’ of Neil Rathmell’s It’s a Miracle and The Colin Atkins Story. ‘Comedy’ is at times a little difficult to find here, as the laughs are relatively sparse across both performances, but the plays are entertaining and... Continue Reading →

Lasting Impressions: Whitney Houston’s Nothing But Love World Tour

14th April 2010 at Nottingham Trent FM Arena. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion were the powerhouse voices of my teen years (pre-Streisand discovery); warbling along shamelessly to songs I could never hope to reproduce as anything less than a dying cockerel rendition was a favourite pastime. So when the opportunity arose to... Continue Reading →

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